School of Public Health and Community Medicine

About BIPH

Do you want to tackle global health issues and join a profession that operates across borders? The Bachelor of International Public Health will provide you with an understanding of the key issues impacting the health of populations around the world.

This three-year degree is available in dual mode delivery. There is the option to come and study some of the courses on the UNSW Sydney campus or you can complete the degree fully online. You can undertake the Bachelor of International Public Health on a full or part-time basis, at a pace that suits your needs. It will prepare you to design and implement new public health approaches for emerging social issues including the impacts of climate change and an increasingly connected world on health.

Why study public or population health?

Clinical medicine equips healthcare workers to treat individuals who get sick or injured, one patient at a time. Public or Population Health is designed to prevent people in a population or a community from getting sick or injured and to provide solutions when they do. This is done through tackling the root causes of ill-health improving quality of life so fewer people need to go to the doctor or take medication. In comparison public Health can take many forms, for example:

  • Investigating health problems and hazards in the community
  • Educating people about healthy behaviours
  • Designing programs to prevent the spread of disease
  • Addressing causes of health inequity and inequality
  • Guiding government health policies and programs

International public health involves taking a worldwide perspective. Public health issues and responses are considered in the context of changing patterns of disease and injury of populations within and across countries. This program will prepare you with the global public health knowledge and skillsets for professional opportunities in a wide range of local and global contexts, as well as to transition to a higher degree, including graduate medicine, Master’s program, or PhD.

The BIPH is designed to build and strengthen the international public health workforce to help offset a projected shortfall of 18 million health workers worldwide. It reflects 21st century best practice on transforming public health education using both online and face to face learning opportunities in an increasingly globalised world.


About our academics

Adam Howie is a Bardi man from the Kimberly’s in Western Australia. He spent the first part of his working life in the Navy on surface ships and then submarines. Upon leaving the Navy Adam stated on his journey within health. He has extensive experience working within Emergency Services in Western Australia and New South Wales as a Paramedic and Intensive Care Paramedic. He has performed this role in remote, rural and metropolitan locations. Adam has spent the past 2 ½ years working within Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network in NSW as a Population Health Trainee. Adam is passionate about custodial health and patient advocacy, and currently doing a Master of Public Health. He is looking forward to being a part of research into aged care, Aboriginal health and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse health population provision within the custodial and forensic settings.